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Feb. 20, 2012

At A Glance

Holden Cancer Center Monthly Cancer Tip: HPV and head and neck cancers

It's well known that human papillomaviruses, or HPVs, are connected to cervical and anal cancers, but a not-so-well-known fact is that they are also linked to 26 percent of head and neck cancers not caused by tobacco or alcohol.

There are more than 40 HPV strains that can be passed easily through sexual contact. For some, these infections clear easily on their own, but for others the virus will stay in the body and may increase the risk of developing cancer. It can cause cancer in the cervix, anus, penis, or oral cavity.

It can be difficult to know if you or a partner is infected so it is important to protect yourself as well as your partners by using condoms during any sexual activity, or abstain from all sexual conduct.

There are two HPV vaccines available for boys and girls ages 9 through 26. Women who have been infected with one HPV strain and are in this age group should still be vaccinated in order to be protected from additional high-risk strains.

For more information about head and neck cancer, HPV, or any cancer concern, contact the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Cancer Information Service at 800-237-1225 or at


Registration open for lifeguard certification course

UI Recreational Services is offering a course for those who are interested in receiving an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED. This course is $225 and runs Mar. 23–25 at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center.

Participants must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled session and able to pass a swimming skills test on the first day of class.

Registration is available at the membership desk until Mar. 20. For more information, visit:


Giant prehistoric snakes topic of Natural History Museum special public lecture

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will host David Polly, associate professor of Geological Sciences at Indiana University, for an evening lecture titled "Hip deep in giant snakes: Titanoboa and temperature in the Paleocene." The free public lecture will be held in the museum’s Biosphere Discovery Hub at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

Polly will focus on the fossil findings of the prehistoric snake, aptly named Titanoboa, which lived during the Paleocene era and grew to 50 feet in length (today’s largest pythons are less than 30 feet long). He will explore how these size estimates were made from the fossilized remains of the animal and what they tell us about the climate in Titanoboa’s time.

In addition to his appointment at Indiana, Polly is research associate at the Field Museum in Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas-Austin and his doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral fellow with the Michigan Society and the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan

For more information visit the Museum of Natural History website.


Templeton Rye president to speak at UI

Scott Bush, president of Iowa-based Templeton Rye Spirits, will talk about his business and the phenomenon it has spawned in recent years when he comes to the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business this week.

Bush, a 1996 UI graduate, will speak on Friday, Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. in room S401 in the Pappajohn Business Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Bush's great-grandfather Frank Schroeder was a farmer near Templeton, Iowa, who made rye whiskey to make extra money and keep his farm during the 1920s Dust Bowl and 1930s Great Depression. Bush left a career in banking and venture capital to resurrect the brand in 2001.

More information is available at


Classical musicians improvise in three UI concerts

The University of Iowa School of Music will present a free Improvisation for Classical Musicians concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall. This is the first of three improv concerts; the others will be at 7:30 p.m. March 29 and May 4 in the same location.

Participants include Drew Phillips, horn; Devin Jacobsen, tuba; Matt Smart, piano; Madeline Trombly, flute; and Sarah Wildey, bassoon. All players double on percussion instruments.

One piece will be a Soundpainting, using a standardized system of gestures that organize improvisation in groups, enabling group composition in real time. The performers will also take suggestions from the audience for some of the pieces, and perhaps even ask them to contribute to the pieces in various ways.

Standard music curricula don't teach or encourage music students to invent music, but the UI class taught by faculty member Jeffrey Agrell empowers students to learn to "think in music" and be able to listen to each other and create a piece of music, something akin to a group conversation. It is always a unique concert experience for both performer and audience, since no one knows what is going to happen.


March 10 UI performances will present thesis works in both dance and music

Thesis works by both choreographer Johanna Kirk and composer Jason Gregory will be featured in a free University of Iowa Thesis Concert, "of air and amnion," at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in Old Brick, 26 E. Market St. in Iowa City. A free preview will also be performed for the UI Hospitals and Clinics Project Art at noon Friday, March 9, in the atrium of the hospital.

The choreography by Kirk, a graduate student in the UI Department of Dance, is inspired by the biological and social aspects of pregnancy. It explores women's individual and communal experiences as they undergo the intricate creative process of generating life.

The dance is set in the midst of silk paintings by birth-worker and UI Women's Studies graduate student Monica Brasile of Mapleseed Birth Services in Iowa City. Brasile was honored in 2011 with a fellowship in the UI Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy.

The score by Gregory, a graduate student in the UI School of Music, for strings, percussion, and electronic instruments will be performed live.

A suggested $5 donation will support the Friends of Iowa Midwives in their efforts to promote safe natural birthing options.


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